THE FIRST EPISTLE generall of Iohn. Chapter 1
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1 He describeth the person of Christ, in whome we haue eternal life, by a cōmunion with God: 5 to which we must adioine holinesse of life, to testifie the trueth of that our communion and profession of faith, as also to assure vs of the forgiuenesse of our sinnes by Christs death.
1That which was from þe beginning, which wee haue heard, which wee haue seene with our eyes, which wee haue looked vpon, and our hands haue handled of the word of life.
2(For the life was manifested, and we haue seene it, and beare witnes, and shew vnto you that eternall life which was with the Father, and was manifested vnto vs.)
3That which wee haue seene and heard, declare we vnto you, that ye also may haue felowship with vs; and truely our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Sonne Iesus Christ.
4And these things write we vnto you, that your ioy may be full.
5This then is the message which we haue heard of him, and declare vnto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkenesse at all.
6If we say that we haue felowship with him, and walke in darkenesse, we lie, and doe not the trueth.
7But if wee walke in the light, as he is in the light, wee haue fellowship one with another, and the blood of Iesus Christ his Sonne clenseth vs from all sinne.
8If we say that we haue no sinne, we deceiue our selues, and the trueth is not in vs.
9If we confesse our sinnes, hee is faithfull, & iust to forgiue vs our sinnes, and to cleanse vs from all vnrighteousnesse.
10If we say that we haue not sinned, wee make him a liar, and his word is not in vs.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania